During my first campaign for Westfield town council, I promised I would work hard to protect your property values and keep Westfield a great place to live. Since my swearing-in on January 2010, property values have increased 17 percent, or $108,000 for the average home in Westfield. During this same period, New Jersey property values increased by just three percent. Zillow estimates that by next year, Westfield property values will have increased by 22 percent since 2010.

There is nothing more important than keeping Westfield safe and your property values secure.

The dramatic increase in Westfield property values is not arbitrary. It was achieved through sound policy decisions by Mayor Andy Skibitsky and our town council. These decisions have resulted in numerous accolades for our town. Earlier this year, Neighborhood Scout named Westfield as of the Top 50 Safest Cities in America. As chairman of the public safety committee, I meet regularly with both our police and fire chiefs to make sure our outstanding departments have all the support they need to keep Westfield safe.

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When the Westfield Armory proposed to construct a 150-foot cell phone tower on the Armory property adjacent to residential homes on Hyslip, Codding and Dorian, former Councilman James Foerst and I immediately reached out to the military leadership, state representatives and residents for help in defeating this proposal. Together, we successfully stopped construction and preserved the quality of life and property values of the McKinley School neighborhood.

I will continue to work to protect your property values next term. Please contact me with your thoughts on any issue I can work on at kloughlin@westfieldnj.gov.

Keith Loughlin

Westfield Councilman, Fourth Ward